BYU Athletics: How long will it take BYU to get up to speed in Big 12?

A Big 12 Conference logo is displayed on a goal line pylon before Duquesne played TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston will be joining the Power Five league in 2023.

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As summer kicks off in the Intermountain West, BYU’s track and field teams produced big wins at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Oregon. The Cougar women finished ninth and had a javelin thrower Ashton Riner and steeplechase runner Courtney Wayment win individual titles. Wayment set a new collegiate record in her steeplechase victory.

Cougar Insiders predictions

Question of the week: Will BYU’s track and field program be the biggest impact sport in the Big 12 after the results of the past few years in cross-country and the NCAA indoor and outdoor track and field championships?

Jay Drew: The more I consider this question and study the Big 12, the more I believe that BYU’s marquee sports, its revenue sports, will struggle in the Power Five conference more than its Olympic sports will struggle.

Certainly, men’s and women’s basketball will do well to finish in the top two-thirds of the league. The Big 12 is that good in basketball. I believe BYU’s best sports in the Big 12 will be women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and then track and field and cross-country.

I don’t see the track and field program dropping much in the Big 12 because of coaching and tradition. The …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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